Dam removal improves river, saves community festival

The failure of a dam in a northern Michigan river led to an innovative solution that restored fish passage in an important Lake Huron tributary and saved a popular community festival in the process.

Replacing the Chesaning Dam with a series of rock weirs gave fish in Lake Huron access to 37 miles of the Shiawassee River. The new structure also maintained water levels upstream that were sufficient to preserve the popular Chesaning Showboat Festival. Read more here.


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